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    not only in the Middle East but in the rest of the world Waiting for water started by focusing on the water conflict that exists between Israel and Palestine through the example of the river in Biella Italy Stijn 0 comments Artists Public Projects 01 Oct 2007 Gearbox The free media toolkit Anywhere Gearbox is the outcome of twelve months development work between the MediaShed and Eyebeam Art and Technology Centre in New York to create a resource for low budget filmmaking Comprised of how to step by step examples Gearbox shows people innovative ways of recording footage using unusual combinations of found resources such as CCTV Video Sniffin or Spy Kiting and low budget methods of reproducing professional film making techniques for example achieving a crane shot using a fishing pole The MediaShed is the first free media space to open in the East of England and is located at the mouth of the Thames It s a place for doing art making things or just saying what you want for little or no financial cost by using the public domain free and open source software recycled equipment and enthusiasm It s also a place to say what you want freely using accessible media systems that can be taken apart and reused without unnecessary restrictions and controls Stijn 0 comments DIY Homebrew Free Organizations 29 Sep 2007 Iain Boal at Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library Afflicted Powers Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War US Berkeley Presented by Iain Boal a member of Retort and one of the authors of Afflicted Powers Afflicted Powers is an account of world politics since September 11 2001 It aims to confront the perplexing doubleness of the present its lethal mixture of atavism and new fangledness A brute return of the past calling to mind now the Scramble for Africa now the Wars of Religion is accompanied by an equally monstrous political deployment of and entrapment in the apparatus of a hyper modern production of appearances Retort is a gathering of antagonists to capital and empire based for two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area The present book arises from the group s efforts to confront the current political moment and some of the main forms of resistance to it Involved in the writing were Iain Boal T J Clark Joseph Matthews and Michael Watts AmyF 0 comments Books Events Free 29 Sep 2007 Telekommunisten The revolution is calling Berlin Telekommunisten is a worker owned and operated telephone company Their Venture Communism is a project to research experiment with and initiate social enterprises particularly a rent sharing based proposed form called a Venture Commune The project also encourages dialogue and investigation of alternative economies and workers struggle against private property The goal is to promote understanding of the relationship between distribution of productive assets political power and global exploitation and poverty and to investigate how worker controlled enterprises can contribute to solving this problem as well as to put such ideas

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    comments Art Activism Public Projects Urban City 04 Sep 2006 Under Fire at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign US Chicago The Under Fire exhibition and series of events are a continuation of the international discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall Under Fire presents a discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization representation and materialization of war Featuring Annie Abrahams Clément Charmet An Architektur deGeuzen Joy Garnett Mariam Ghani Dara Greenwald Tsila Hassine Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga Hillary Mushkin Trevor Paglen Joel Ross Michael Wilson xurban 0 comments Art Activism Events Exhibitions 04 Sep 2006 Doors of Perception 9 JUICE FOOD FUEL MEANING India Food continuously circulates through the landscape into our homes and bodies organizing our calorific symbolic and social energies Juice the essence of food can also mean credit electricity access flavor and love The topic of food as product as well as service as metaphor as well as material as energy as well as connectedness will preoccupy us at Doors of Perception 9 The encounter will be held in New Delhi from 28 February to 4 March 2007 0 comments Art Activism Events Sustainability 03 Sep 2006 Sundown Schoolhouse US Los Angeles Sundown Schoolhouse is a geodesic home based educational environment with an activist mission In the classic model of the schoolhouse students of many ages 18 to 80 come together to study a diversity of disciplines It is a school for the gently radical design literary performing visual arts We foster models for active creative practices that engage with the messy realities of the world around us from our relationships with the diverse peoples in our city to the eroding natural and urban environments we inhabit 0 comments Art Activism Education 01 Sep 2006 Did Someone Say Participate An Atlas of Spacial Practice Anywhere Editors Markus Miessen Shumon Basar and MIT Press present a report from the front lines of cultural activism that looks at spatial practitioners who actively trespass into neighboring or alien fields of knowledge 0 comments Books 25 Aug 2006 Eco Village 2005 G8 Summit at Gleneagles Activists campsite as model for sustainable living Environmentally sensitive campsite set up by a loose group of anti G8 campaigners including Dissent Network compost toilets recycling banks power for lighting from wind turbines and solar panels a fixed bicycle ran a music system grey water systems See also Indymedia s Rural Convergence Article Link 1 Link 2 0 comments Organizations Sustainability 24 Aug 2006 The Death of Environmentalism Global warming politics in a post environmental world Anywhere A paper distributed widely around academia last year based on interviews with 25 leaders in the mainstream environmental movement argues that environmentalism is ill equipped to face the massive global challenges of our day particularly climate change The Grist has the full lowdown rebuttals and interviews with Shellenberger and Nordhaus 0 comments Articles Education Sustainability 22 Aug 2006 Tavares Strachan s The Distance Between

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    bind and shape HIC s commitment to communities working to secure housing and improve their habitat conditions AmyF 0 comments Architecture Social Practice Sustainability Urban City 15 Sep 2007 Berkeley Sustainability Summit US Berkeley Friday September 21 2007 Krutch Theater Clark Kerr Campus Berkeley 2601 Warring Street at Parker 9 00AM to 3 30PM An event that highlights the broad spectrum of Berkeley sustainability efforts led by businesses government agencies academic and health institutions community based organizations and inspired individuals The Summit includes a whirlwind of short presentations on Berkeley focused sustainability projects structured networking and organic lunch AmyF 0 comments Sustainability 12 Sep 2007 UNIDEE in Residence Italy UNIDEE in Residence is an international residence program open to students and graduates of various university faculties to artists and to professionals from any country in the world It operates in synergy with the other Cittadellarte offices and is based on the following declaration by the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto Art is the most sensitive and comprehensive expression of thought and the time has come for the artist to assume responsibility for establishing communication between every other human activity from economics to politics from science to religion from education to behaviour in brief all areas of the social fabric Progetto Arte manifesto 1994 see the complete pdf version Stijn 0 comments Artists Blogs Residencies 11 Sep 2007 The Community Arts Network The Community Arts Network CAN supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture providing both intellectual nourishment and social benefit and that community based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists CAN is promoting information exchange research and critical dialogue within the field of community based art Nis 0 comments Organizations Public Projects Social Practice 10 Sep 2007 Pedagogical Faultlines Amsterdam September 21 22 2007 An international exchange of high level knowledge and experience in new concepts and ideas of learning The focus of this event is on the theme of challenges in contemporary pedagogy including the use of new media tools but also exploring institutional and cultural issues AmyF 0 comments Events 10 Sep 2007 Building the Green Economy Success Stories from the Grassroots San Francisco The book tells the inspiring stories of individual citizens families and community groups that achieved unlikely victories in the fight to bring environmental sustainability and economic fairness to such vital areas as water management food toxics urban renewal clean energy and local politics For example the book tells the story of LaDonna Redmond a Chicago mother who when confronted by her son s extreme food allergies decided to create a system of urban farms in her neighborhood We write about the residents of Norco Louisiana who fought a years long battle to force Shell Oil to address the consequences of decades of toxic exposure AmyF 0 comments Books Sustainability 06 Sep 2007 Spacial Justice US Los Angeles Spacial Justice is a new journal published by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning This volume proceeds from the

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    what the individual reader can do in their own home and from corporate strategies for a greener future to burgeoning small scale eco design projects 0 comments Sustainability 24 Jul 2006 Richard Kalmer s Make Bread Not Bombs US San Francisco A plastic inflatable loaf of french bread towed around the San Francisco bay by Greenpeace so that it could be viewed by the thousands of people lining Crissy Field and Aquatic Park who had come to view the Naval ships coming into the Bay as well as the politicians and Admirals aboard the reviewing ship the USS Dartmouth The intention was to point out ecological damage to the bay by the US Navy and the damage to our planet by the nuclear testing in the South Pacific See also Seeing Peace 0 comments Art Activism 19 Jul 2006 Visible Food Anywhere The VisibleFood project is a website and database created to expose the hidden costs of the globalized system that produces processes and distributes our food The database is searchable by product brand company ingredient or toxin Associated with these things are something we call invisibles effects on society health and the environment 0 comments Sustainability 12 Jul 2006 Foundation and Public Space Amsterdam SKOR Foundation Art and Public Space is a nationally operating organization which develops exceptional art projects in relation to public spaces SKOR guides and advises organizations that wish to realize art in a public location and provides financial support where necessary One beautiful book project target blank The Phenominal Road by Paul Meers 0 comments Organizations 08 Jul 2006 Solar Powered Kinkajou Microfilm Projectors Anywhere The Kinkajou is representative of a range of useful low power appliances for underserved communities in developing countries from medical devices to teaching tools 0 comments Sustainability 04 Jul 2006

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    through excellent radio programming that is deeply rooted in New York AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Free 30 Aug 2007 Park ing Day Sep 21 Various PARK ing Day is a one day global event centered in San Francisco where artists activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into PARK ing spaces temporary public parks Joni T 0 comments Art Activism Urban City 29 Aug 2007 The Vegetable Orchestra Vienna Austria Founded in 1998 Vienna s Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables and at the end of the concert the audience is offered fresh vegetable soup The further exploration and refinement of performable vegetable music is a central part of the orchestra s aesthetic quest Every individual background that is brought into the project is of vital importance in sustaining the fundamental artistic objective of the Vegetable Orchestra The broad variety of creative approaches at the same time secures the artistic autonomy of this unique ensemble Watch their video Stijn 0 comments Organizations 28 Aug 2007 The Journal of Aesthetics Protest 5 Anywhere Issue 5 of the Journal of Aesthetics Protest now available On Speech and talking Yes Men Art Workers Coalition revisited Jason Del Gandio Mariana Botey Matt Dunnerstick Jessica Cannon Ashley Hunt and many many more AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books 28 Aug 2007 Disonancias Call for Artists Spain DISONANCIAS is a platform that liaises and promotes relationships between artists and companies research centres or public organisations in order to foster innovation in all its aspects and transmit to society the importance of developing creative environments AmyF 0 comments Calls Virtual Soil 25 Aug 2007 Offload Systems for Survival September 13 16 2007 Bristol UK OFFLOAD is the UK s first network media and systems arts event on nature sustainability and ecology The event brings together international national and local artists and practitioners interested in creating work that use new and existing media OFFLOAD is interested in interactive playful participatory and socially aware practice AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Public Projects Sustainability 23 Aug 2007 CAlabama Peddlers US Alabama Cultural researchers Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas aka marksearch recently completed a month long adventure in the Black Belt region of the rural South Through an unconventional form of ecotourism marksearch endeavored to explore the local history current concerns and sense of community of the residents of one small city York population 3 000 As the CAlabama Peddlers marksearch on tandem bike covered over two hundred miles in Sumter County Alabama GPS routes video images and text of this amazing journey can all be found on their site marksearch is an independent artistic cultural research team that has collaborated on community based art projects since 2000 Their mission is to create interactive projects that invite people to reflect upon their local communities consider healthy alternatives to driving and increase awareness of the natural environment within the urban fabric Stijn 0 comments Artists Social Practice 23 Aug 2007 Move For Life Europe MOVE

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    and the Living Library Action based arts and the Urban Environment Anywhere Bonnie Sherk founder of Crossroads Community The Farm in San Francisco 1974 1980 The Farm located beneath a freeway interchange in the heart of the city served as a series of community gathering spaces a farmhouse with earthy and elegant environments a theater and rehearsal space for different art forms a school without walls a library a darkroom a pre school unusual gardens all providing an indoor outdoor environment for humans and other animals Other links Community Arts interview with Bonnie Sherk 2007 at the CCA Wattis Institute exhibition June 28 2006 Lecture Ecological Activism Local vs International Related Articles Playing to the Senses Food as a Performance Medium Will Bradley s Let It Grow 0 comments Art Activism Events Exhibitions Sustainability 24 Jun 2006 The Chipko Movement India An Indian activist group started in the 70 s drawing universal attention to the Uttarakhand Himalayas contributed substantially to the emerging philosophies of ecofeminism and deep ecology and fields of community based conservation and sustainable mountain development A more recent act of resisitance Tree hugging 0 comments Art Activism Sustainability 22 Jun 2006 Belgium s Princess Elisabeth Antarctic Research Station Antarctica The Antarctic summer home to 20 people including 12 to 16 scientists who will do research on climate change and Antarctica s key role as part of the global climate system It will be powered by solar and wind energy alone and will recycle all its waste Looks a bit like the front end of an old American car I know there is a model that has a front end that looks more like the building If you know it mail me 0 comments Architecture Sustainability 19 Jun 2006 Norwegian Seed Vault Norway The Global Seed Vault will be a frozen Noah s Ark constructed in a mountainside on the island of Svalbard Norway It will serve as a back up system to protect the world s crop seeds from cataclysms target blank Living on Earth s Audio Version Maybe it is time to contribute on a local level to create a vast network of community based seed banks 0 comments Sustainability 14 Jun 2006 Casitas Mexico City Security Huts Mexico City Structures built to house and provide shelter for the security guards in the wealthy neighborhoods Lomas de Chapultepec of Mexico City The men it is a gendered space who work live they often work 24 hour shifts in these casitas decorate them with photos of women the virgin of Guadalupe and pinups and fill them with amenities such as radios televisions hot plates for cooking tortillas and in some even toilets They are very personal spaces that are placed in a public setting 0 comments Architecture Urban City 13 Jun 2006 Irrepressible Info An Amnesty International Campaign Against Censorship Anywhere Chat rooms monitored Blogs deleted Websites blocked Search engines restricted People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information Undermine censorship by publishing irrepressible fragments of censored

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    Institute will initiate an interactive exhibition using the Hyde Park Art Center as a site to critically explore the intersection between art education and the city Working with other artists collaboratives and groups such as The Center for Urban Pedagogy New York rum46 Denmark Think Tank Philadelphia Artlink UK and AREA Chicago Art Research Education Activism Chicago to name a few the Stockyard Institute will transform the gallery space into a temporary factory that will design and implement an extensive series of programs and events throughout the two month project Pedagogical Factory will interrogate the overlap between education economics art and activism creating a venue to explore alternatives to traditional notions of education and social art AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice Urban City 13 Aug 2007 GET LOST Artists Map Downtown New York US New York GET LOST is a collective portrait of downtown New York Twenty one international artists were invited to create a personal view of the city and draw a map of downtown New York uncovering a territory that is both real and imaginary GET LOST is the city as seen through the eyes of 16beaver group Francis Alÿs Cory Arcangel Jennifer Bornstein Beth Campbell Marcel Dzama Isa Genzken Inaba and Associates Dorothy Iannone Chris Johanson Christopher Knowles Terence Koh Julie Mehretu Jonas Mekas Aleksandra Mir Thurston Moore Dave Muller William Pope L Lordy Rodriguez Rirkrit Tiravanija Lawrence Weiner GET LOST is a New Museum production edited by Massimiliano Gioni AmyF 0 comments Exhibitions Urban City 12 Aug 2007 Emergency Room Various Emergency Room is a physical space and dynamic process where artists of different backgrounds and methodologies can spark a dialogue and work together on a constantly evolving exhibition Created by Danish artist Thierry Geoffroy Colonel as a means of gathering artists views on the world today Emergency Room encourages artists to produce works in a state of emotional or intellectual urgency considering only the events of the last twenty four hours prior to display AmyF 0 comments Art Activism 10 Aug 2007 Bibliomulas Venezuela The University of Momboy in Venezuela has started a project using mules to spread the advantages of reading to remote villages The mobile libraries take books into isolated communities and have helped encourage people to read James Ingham shows in his BBC article the great success of this community based initiative via Book Patrol Stijn 0 comments Books Education Public Projects 09 Aug 2007 History Is A Weapon U S History Is A Weapon is a left counter hegemonic education project and offers a nice collection of texts focussing largely on American resistance history The list of online readings covers a wide range of great authors and is organized in chapters The blog serves to highlight updated material and offer sporadic commentary Stijn 0 comments Articles Blogs Free 07 Aug 2007 Street training manual UK The Street training manual is the latest in a series of manuals and publications by Lottie Child that can all be downloaded from her

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    www cobraprijsamstelveen nl 1 Quote from Handbook for Space Pioneers 0 comments Art Activism Artists DIY Homebrew Sustainability 28 May 2006 Old Car go Make shift vegetable oil powered journey Amsterdam We don t think it is natural to have five lanes of cars rushing towards Amsterdam we don t think it is natural to expect all trains to run on time certainly not if they give us four to ten opportunities an hour to rush you to our destination And we don t think it is natural that we against better judgement allow the market to determine what will and will not happen with the world Photographer Jeroen Nooter and artist Sara Nuytemans drove a vegetable oil powered truck to Mongolia in the summer of 2005 Travelling a distance of 11 711 km to advocate the use of vegetable oil as fuel and to create a greater awareness for Mongolia 0 comments Artists DIY Homebrew Sustainability 19 May 2006 Save South Central Farm US Los Angeles Known as one of America s largest urban garden South Central Farm s 14 acres and 360 garden plots are on the brink of becoming parking plots for a large development For 14 years the South Central Farmers have worked to transform the land into a farm that meets the needs of a community regularly ignored and neglected by the City and its elected representatives The State has failed Los Angeles residents who lack access to healthcare The South Central Farmers grow medicinal herbs as an alternative to the high cost of prescription drugs The City has failed to provide safe places for the children of South Central Los Angeles to play free from threats of violence and gang activity The South Central Farmers welcome families and community into a veritable oasis 0 comments Sustainability Urban City 10 May 2006 Infopool Pamphlets Copenhagen Denmark A batch of wonderful pamphlets from the Artist Placement Group to Copenhagen Free University all avaliable in print and online Also check out Jackob Jakobsen s Info Center 0 comments Architecture Art Activism Artists Public Projects Urban City 10 May 2006 Momental May 6 June 10 2006 Berlin Group exhibition workshops and lectures at SPARWASSER Offensive for Contemporary Art Communication Through all the changes something remains that something is the moment no sociological or historical determination can adequately define this temporality its wish is to reinstate discontinuity grasping it in the very fabric of the lived Henri Lefebvre 0 comments Exhibitions Urban City 09 May 2006 Gardening Civil and Social Anywhere Gardening is civil and social but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw Henry David Thoreau 0 comments Quotes 07 May 2006 Free Range Activism Anywhere Free access to wonderful content Free Range Practice Guides Buying Collectively and Protesting in Public to name a few Other projects and connections Energy Beyond Oil Access to Recycled Technology Brave New Brum Wow 0 comments Art Activism DIY Homebrew Free Organizations Sustainability Urban City 05 May

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